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Morning Skate Updates 3/7/13

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 10:15 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Morning Skate Updates 3\/7\/13
Morning skate running updates for Islanders-Rangers 3\/7\/13
The Islanders will have morning skate at Nassau Coliseum at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their game tonight against the New York Rangers. Check this space for the latest updates throughout the skate.

10:15: Third matchup of the year against the Rangers, but the first on Long Island. Isles hit the ice at 10:30. Nothing optional this morning, as there was no practice yesterday. As usual, we'll hear from Jack Capuano first and then talk to players afterward.

10:27: This is 6'8" Joe Finley, walking to the ice in front of of just-a-hair-under-6'8" Equipment Assistant Thomas Kitz.



10:46: The Islanders are putting in a pretty enthusiastic morning skate. Cappy still on the ice, but as soon as he does media availability and lets us in on tonight's lineup decisions I'll post his comments here.

11:00: Just finished talking to Capuano. Eric Boulton will be in the lineup tonight in place of David Ullstrom on Marty Reasoner's line. The Cizikas-Martin-McDonald line will stay together unless circumstances dictate a change. Evgeni Nabokov will start between the pipes.

11:03: Capuano, on getting a full team effort and goals from six different players Tuesday against Montreal: "It gives us a little bit of confidence. We're not relying on one line all the time to score goals. Our system doesn't change. It's a defense-first mentality. To get secondary scoring obviously helps your team."

11:05: Capuano, on tonight's opponent: "The Rangers are a strong team. A lot of people picked them to win the division, and some guys picked them to win the Stanley Cup. We know what we're up against. We know they're a top team in the division. They're a solid team. They've got great goaltending. Special teams are playing well for them right now. It's a good test for our team."

11:08: Capuano, on if he's anticipating a physical game: "We had 73 hits in the game against Ottawa. We had a bunch of hits in the last game. We have to play physical. They play physical. We have to match other teams' intensity levels. That's part of our game. We're not playing dirty but we want to finish our checks and play clean hockey, and make sure we eliminate players so they can't join the play."

11:20: Matt Martin, on going up against the Rangers: "They've had their struggles and some injuries, and they've got some new guys stepping in. But they're a very good hockey team. They were one of the favorites to win it all this year. We'll be ready. It'll be a fun, physical game."

11:25: Martin, on if he is expecting a physical game: "Yeah, I always expect these games to be very physical. I think everyone finishes their checks a little more against the Rangers. They're going to come out and try to keep us behind them. We're only two points back of them right now. This is a huge hockey game. Probably the biggest one we've played to date this year."

11:28: Colin McDonald, on the positive effect his line with Cizikas and Martin has had recently: "I played with Casey most of the year in Bridgeport, so I know how he plays. Me and Marty play the same style, so he's been easy to play with and easy to adjust to. The three of us have been able to find chemistry together. I think that's because we don't try to do too much. We know what's expected of us. We just try to focus on that every night. We're trying to earn our teammates' respect and trust as well as our coaches' respect and trust."

11:32: Rangers headed out to the ice.

12:15: From the Rangers room, here's Rick Nash, who has three straight multi-point games and has found the score sheet in his last seven games, on the keys to their team's success: "I think it's consistency. We're playing with confidence and everything's working."

12:22: Nash, on how he's felt this season on a new team: "It's been good. It's fun to play here. There's a lot of talent and skill up and down this lineup. When you play with good players, it brings the best out of you."

12:24: Nash, on facing the Islanders: "These guys have a good team. They're young but they have a lot of skill, a lot of talent. If you want to make the playoffs and go far, you've got to be able to win these tough games on the road."

12:26: J.T. Miller, who scored his first two NHL goals against the Islanders on Feb. 7, on tonight's game: "We've just got to treat it like a normal game. We got a few lucky bounces in that first game. It was nice that they went in for us. But that stuff in the past and we've got to focus on tonight."

12:28: Miller, on what he expects from his first trip to Nassau Coliseum: "From what I hear, we're going to have a good amount of fans from both teams here. Obviously I've never played here so I don't know. But it should be good - a lot like the games in New Jersey I imagine."

Check NewYorkIslanders.com for running updates from tonight's contest. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 7 6 1 0 22 21 12
2 DET 7 4 1 2 16 13 10
3 NYI 7 5 2 0 25 22 10
4 TBL 7 4 2 1 21 14 9
5 OTT 5 4 1 0 14 10 8
6 CBJ 6 4 2 0 20 16 8
7 WSH 6 3 1 2 20 14 8
8 NYR 7 4 3 0 21 23 8
9 BOS 9 4 5 0 22 23 8
10 PIT 6 3 2 1 22 19 7
11 NJD 6 3 2 1 20 20 7
12 TOR 7 3 3 1 20 21 7
13 FLA 6 2 2 2 9 14 6
14 PHI 7 2 3 2 22 28 6
15 CAR 6 0 4 2 11 23 2
16 BUF 8 1 7 0 9 28 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 3 8 -1 11
K. Okposo 7 3 6 -2 9
B. Nelson 7 4 4 1 8
J. Boychuk 7 2 4 5 6
R. Strome 7 0 6 3 6
N. Leddy 7 3 2 4 5
F. Nielsen 7 1 4 2 5
J. Bailey 7 2 2 2 4
M. Grabovski 4 2 1 3 3
N. Kulemin 7 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 2 0 0 .918 2.14
J. Halak 3 2 0 .893 3.38

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